Barcelona to Request El Clasico replay if Yamal 'goal' Error confirmed

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has called on the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to replay Sunday's El Clasico encounter with Real Madrid if there is conclusive evidence that Lamine Yamal's 'phantom' goal ought to have stood.

After Yamal's strike was disallowed by VAR in Barcelona's 3-2 defeat at Real Madrid, head coach Xavi Hernandez criticised the officiating in LaLiga, which does not use goal-line technology.

Yamal's effort in the 28th minute was reviewed by VAR for several minutes, as it appeared to cross the line before Real keeper Andrey Lunin cleared it. The goal was disallowed and VAR awarded a corner to Barca.

Laporta's statement on Monday opened: "As president of FC Barcelona, I would like to put across my dissatisfaction the day after the improper use of a tool such as VAR in one of the most important matches in the global schedule is marking our calendar."As you well know, I have never been a great defender of VAR because I believe that, as it is applied, it takes away football's spontaneity. But what I am in favour of is that, now that we have it, we always use to avoid errors that can lead to unfair decisions."